Preoccupied, a list

  • I haven’t yet gotten an offer from the Dream Job, if you ask me about it I will bite you in the face (I am supposed to hear something “early” this week, which we all know means before Friday in Corporatespeak)
  • Thinking about the offer and worrying over the offer takes up a lot of my time
  • Thinking about the MN Senate Race and worrying over Al Franken also takes up a lot of my time
  • Because the thinking and the worrying take up so much of my brain’s power I cannot seem to find a book that will capture my attention for more than two pages, which means I am currently reading the Juliana Hatfield memoir, The Gargoyle, and If on a winter’s night a traveler
  • Tomorrow will bring the 2008 Best American Short Stories and Non-required Reading (thank you all who buy your Amazon stuff through my links, it is your kickbacks that have kept me in books) so I can divide my already sparse attention by two more books
  • I am starting a new freelance assignment for my former-boss Jayto, and even thinking about the projects makes me smile because she will never change and will always think she is the boss of me and can occupy all my time
  • I really love working with Jayto
  • I am attempting to make bean soup, it scares me. After the unprecedented success of the wild-rice soup last week I’m afraid I’ve got delusions of grandeur
  • I am wearing brown glasses, usually I wear black and green glasses
  • This list is actually a very good representation of what my brain has been like for the past two weeks
  • Should I rewrite the Bruce Springsteen story or the Rapture of Memphis story? Both of them need a lot of work
  • If heat rises and the bottom of Jed is so hot I could iron my pants with it, why are my fingers so cold?
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  1. Jason 28.Oct.08 at 9:26 pm

    Jodi, I used to love “If on a winter’s night a traveler.” I probably still do but I don’t think about it much.

    You didn’t ask but a very good representation of what MY brain has been like is here:

  2. Jodi 28.Oct.08 at 9:57 pm

    That is awesome! My brain likes to recite Allen Ginsburg’s “America” when I am trying, yet failing, to sleep.

    I am only 25 pages into If on a winter’s night a traveler, so I cannot judge. However, I can say that the first 15 pages of The Gargoyle kicked my ass in a good way.

  3. Will Tupper 28.Oct.08 at 11:23 pm

    I am about 100 pages into “The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl,” by Barry Lyga.

    If you’ve not read it (I even searched here to see if you had), I imagine you’d quite like it. Comic books, awkwardness, mean people, the hustle and hardship of everyday life. It’s GREAT.

    PS – I finished King Dork a couple days back. THANK YOU AGAIN.


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